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1996 ~ Over 15,000 Web Pages in Archive
TARZAN COVER ART ON BALLANTINE
Both Series ~ Nos. 1-8
has been working on twenty-three covers for a Tarzan series. Specifications
demanded that the the pictures should differ from each other as much as
possible in over-all color appearance. His heavy foundation-color technique
helped in this respect, and the desired effects were further emphasized
by contrasting colors used in the title areas.
If described by an exhibition jury; his paintings would
generally be called strong, or even powerful -- qualities necessary for
attention-getting in small-scale format. He cannot tolerate the banal,
and strives for individual quality in each work. He has a great feeling
for mood, atmospheric as well as conceptual, or that brought about by unusual
color combinations. What he considers to be another dimension in illustration
is action which naturally, in a painting, can only be suggested. His facility
in this department proves to be a most valuable asset.
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THE ERB ART OF ROBERT ABBETT
/ Contents | Tarzan
Art I | Tarzan Art
Tarzan Art III
| Mars Art
Abbett was born in Indiana and graduated from Purdue University and the
University of Missouri. After formal training at the Chicago Academy of
Fine Art, Bob worked as an illustrator for a number of years. After a commission
to paint "Luke", his first animal portrait, he turned his talents to that
of being a full-time artist.
Even though Bob is best known for his sporting dog paintings,
his talents expand a much broader scope. His emotion-evoking works can
be found in fly-fishing paintings, the world of horses, western scenes
Bob is associated with the American Artists Group and
the Society of Illustrators, and is a member of the Society of Animal Artists.
He has participated in a number of group and one-man shows including the
National Academy of Western Art Exhibition and the Brandywine River Museum
Exhibit, where his work hung alongside that of Winslow Homer and Andrew
Wyeth. He has also had books featuring his work and currently writes a
regular column for Wildlife Art Magazine.
Bob and his wife, Marilyn, currently live in Connecticut.
It is here that Bob roams the fields and woods and becomes a living part
of each of his paintings.